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New 3-D Model of the Route 29 Western Bypass

Posted: Updated: Sep 25, 2012 07:36 AM EDT

Black and white pictures of what the Western Bypass will look like are a thing of the past. A Charlottesville non-profit has created a 3-D model that has details on all the newest features.

Charlottesville Tomorrow has just released a virtual version of the U.S. 29 Western Bypass project. They hired an architect to create it using Google Earth.

Charlottesville Tomorrow used the fundraising website Kickstarter to raise enough funds for their project. Their goal was to raise at least $7,000, but they ended up raising nearly $8,000 from close to 80 donors.

They used the money to create a slide show with 24 detailed perspectives of the project, as well as two videos and a downloadable file.

"If you look at the engineering drawings, the schematics, it's page after page after page of technical drawings," said Charlottesville Tomorrow Executive Director Brian Wheeler. "I think most people have trouble converting that into what it would look like in the real world."

This is all ahead of a public input session about the Western Bypass on Thursday evening at Jack Jouett Elementary, hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Click here to view all of the new images of the bypass project.

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